Gender, Politics And Power HIST5008

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will introduce students to the key theoretical frameworks and approaches in gender history using a series of key texts (primary and secondary) covering the medieval to the modern period (staff permitting) and focusing primarily on Britain and Europe. Beneath the broad theme of 'gender, politics and power' students will engage with theoretical readings and applied texts which will provide a firm grounding in the variety of approaches to gender and how these might be applied in specific contexts. Specific themes and readings may vary depending on available teaching staff.


10 sessions of 2 hours each

Requirements of Entry

Standard Entry to Masters at College Level

Excluded Courses





One seminar presentation 30%

The presentation will consist of oral and written elements (a seminar presentation plus a written paper of up to 1000 words) on one of the seminar topics.

One Essay 70%

The essay, of no longer than 3,500 words is to be written on one of the themes covered in the course. Precise titles are to be agreed between the student and supervisor.

Course Aims

The course aims:

- to introduce students to the key theoretical frameworks in gender history
- to facilitate the application of these theoretical frameworks to specific historical sources and contexts across a broad time span.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ achieve a sound knowledge of key theoretical approaches in gender history and to demonstrate and apply this understanding.

■ assess the strengths and limitations of particular theoretical views in relation to specific historical contexts and debates

■ apply advanced skills in the evaluation and presentation of historical material

■ apply theories of gender to the historical study of gender, politics and power

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.